Philippines - Landslides and floods OCHA Situation Report No. 3

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2003/0156
OCHA Situation Report No. 3
Philippines - Landslides and floods
Occurred on 19 December 2003

The Government of Philippines has requested international assistance.

This report is based on information received from the Philippine National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), the Government of Philippines, the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) in Manila, donors as well as the media.

Event and Impact

1. Continuous heavy rains induced by an Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and a low pressure area affected the central and southern Philippines, particularly southern Leyte and northeastern Mindanao on 19-22 December 2003. Flooding occurred in the Provinces of Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, South Cotabato, and Bohol. Eight (8) landslide incidents were monitored: 4 in Southern Leyte, 3 in Compostela Valley and 1 in South Cotabato: and a tornado in Southern Leyte.

2. As of 5 a.m. local time today, a total of 47,601 families or 217,934 persons were affected in the eight Provinces of Bohol, Southern Leyte, Misamis Oriental, Compostela Valley, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Surigao de Norte. Of the families affected, 17,888 persons are in 21 evacuation centers established in the area. The details of the evacuees by provinces are as follows: Agusan del Norte 7,372, Agusan del Sur 1,319, Surigao del Norte 3,854, Compostela Valley 90, Davao del Sur 1,570, Davao del Norte 2,770, Southern Leyte 413 and Bohol 500.

3. The number of dead reached 143. In addition, 54 persons have been injured and 112 are still missing. The details of the dead by provinces are as follows: Southern Leyte 110, Surigao del Norte 16, Surigao del Sur 7, other provinces 10.

4. Damages have been caused to infrastructure such as bridges, roads and seawalls, as well as agriculture and fishery. The total number of damaged houses is 471 (265 partially and 206 totally). An assessment suggests economic losses of PHP 220, 433, 000 (USD 3.99 million). A State of Calamity has been declared to the four areas: 1) Municipalities of Jabonga and RT Romualdez in Agusan del Norte Province, 2) Tandag in Surigao del Sur Province, 3) Province of Southern Leyte, and 4) Tagum City.

National Response

5. Retrieval operations are still being undertaken by volunteer miner-rescuers from the Philippine Mines Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA), the Surigao City DCC Search and Rescue Team (SART), Surigao City Engineering Unit, PNRC volunteers and RECONS Storm Radio Club of Surigao City and Iligan City Rescue Team in the disaster-stricken areas.

6. Damage and needs assessments are being conducted by concerned local DCCs. Based on the latest report, CARAGA Region (including Provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao de Norte, and Surigao del Sur) is the most heavily devastated in terms of damage to agriculture and infrastructure, including the affected/evacuated population.

7. The NDCC and local disaster coordinating councils has provided assistance to the affected people, consisting of rice, assorted relief goods, used clothing, antibiotic and other non-food items.

International Response

8. In addition to the international assistance mentioned in the OCHA Situation Report No.2, the following contributions were recorded by OCHA:

9. Australia has committed AUD 20,000 (USD 14,388) in emergency assistance to the UN's ongoing relief efforts and will consider further contributions towards the immediate relief needs, subject to the assessment by the Government of the Philippines and the UN.

10. Germany provided a contribution worth EUR 50,000 (USD 59,382) consisting of blankets, canned food, potable water and biscuits.

11. Japan provided emergency assistance worth JPY 15.9 million (USD 145,871) to the Government of the Philippines. The aid includes tents to accommodate 20 persons each, generators, cables, water tanks, shovels, tool sets and blankets.

12. The United States provided search and rescue support and donated USD 48,649 to the Philippine National Red Cross to support ongoing disaster relief operations.

13. FAO is supporting an agricultural needs assessment which may trigger up further assistance.

14. UNICEF provides USD 60,000 for critical non-food items including medicines.

15. The Philippine Red Cross is assisting relief efforts. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) supports this operation with CHF50,000 (USD 38,462) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund.

16. The UN Disaster Management Team (UNDMT) headed by the UN Resident Coordinator in Manila had a meeting today to discuss the disaster situation and ongoing relief operations. The team will review remaining short-term needs and consider an assessment mission for medium and long term needs.

17. OCHA is in close contact with the UNRC's office in Manila through the OCHA Regional Disaster Response Adviser's office in Kobe, Japan, and will revert with further information as it becomes available.

18. OCHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions to be used for immediate relief assistance, in coordination with relevant organizations in the United Nations system. For banking details please contact the desk officers indicated below. OCHA provides donor governments with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilization of the funds contributed.

19. Updates on contributions to this disaster may be found by clicking on Financial Tracking at the top of the page for this disaster on the OCHA Internet Website ( Donors are requested to verify this table and inform OCHA Geneva of corrections/additions/values. Donors are encouraged to notify OCHA Geneva of their contributions to this disaster using the OCHA Standardized Contributions Recording Format, available electronically in the above mentioned Financial Tracking Website.

20. This situation report, together with further information on other ongoing emergencies is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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